This Week in History: 3–9 May


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Masroor Ahmad as an Aseer-e-rah-e-Maula (prisoner for the sake of Allah) following release from District Jail Jhang, Pakistan, 1999

3 May 1905: On this day, Allah revealed the following to Hazrat Ahmadas:

آہ نادرشاہ کہاں گیا

“Alas; where has Nadir Shah disappeared?” (Al Hakam, 10 May 1905, Vol. 9, No. 16, p. 1, Tadhkirah [English], p. 748 [2018]) This proved to be a remarkable prophecy that predicted the unlikely rise to power of an ordinary person and his sudden death.

For more details, see: “Alas! Where has Nadir Shah disappeared?”: Afghanistan and a prophecy of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad fulfilled” at (29 July 2022, pp. 12-14).

3 May 1920: On this day, Hazrat Maulvi Fateh Muhammad Sayal MA, missionary of Islam, delivered a lecture in Richmond, UK.

For more details of his tabligh activities, see: “100 Years Ago… – Lectures in Richmond, Dr Luke’s conversion to Islam and a sincere letter of Abdullah Bottomley” at (19 June 2020, pp. 6-7).

3 May 1997: The first-ever three-day Jalsa Salana of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Belgium concluded on this day. Before this, it was being held as a one-day or two-day event.

For more details see: “Jamaat Belgium – A glimpse into its history” at (14 September 2018, p. 3).

4 May 1973: A resolution was presented in the legislative assembly of the Pakistan-administered region of Kashmir to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims. In response, during his Friday sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh commented on the matter, the summary of which was that a true believer’s faith in Islam is so robust that it requires neither political validation nor the endorsement of those who possess only superficial religious knowledge. (Khutbat-e-Nasir, Vol. 5, p. 121)

4 May 1984: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh delivered the first Friday sermon at Masjid Fazl in London after migrating from Rabwah, Pakistan. During his sermon, he called upon Ahmadis worldwide with the question “مَنۡ اَنۡصَارِيۡۤ اِلَي اللّٰہِ” [Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allah?]. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 3, p. 229)

5 May 1931: On this day, during his visit to Delhi, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyarh.

For more details, see “A call for interfaith harmony and tabligh: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s visit to Mussoorie, Dehradun and Delhi, 1931”, at (2 June 2023, p. 8).

6 May 1927: During the first week of May 1927, anti-Muslim riots erupted in Lahore and Muslims had to face severe oppression. Upon this, during his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra guided the Muslims in this regard and advised them on how to address this issue.

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guiding Muslims of the Indian subcontinent amid religious and political conflicts”, at (26 February 2021, p. 17).

6 May 1955: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a Friday Sermon in Damascus.

For more details about his second tour of Damascus, see: “A brilliant sign of ‘the devotees of Syria’: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s 1955 visit to Damascus” at (17 February 2023, pp. 9-10).

6 May 1970: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh granted audiences to the Acting Governor and the Prime Minister of Sierra Leone. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, pp. 61-62)

6 May 2007: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed a reception held concerning the launch of MTA3 Al-Arabiyya. (Al Fazl International, 25 May 2007, p. 16)

7 May 1933: While the Kashmir Movement was achieving great success, the opponents of Ahmadiyyat, particularly the Ahrar started a campaign against Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, without thinking about the interest of the Kashmiri Muslims, and demanded that the president of the All India Kashmir Committee should not be an Ahmadi. 

Observing this situation, Huzoorra called a session of the Kashmir Committee on this day, at the Cecil Hotel Lahore, and during the meeting, resigned from the presidency. This was a big loss to the Kashmir cause, but Huzoorra did not stop his efforts for the Kashmiri Muslims.

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guidance for Turkey, peace in the Arab world and the Kashmir Movement” and “Historical analysis of Ahrar’s anti-Ahmadiyya agitation – Part 2”, at (19 February 2021 and 13 October 2023).

7 May 2005: On this day, during his visit to Kenya, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih’s Vaa granted an audience to the then Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Kalonzo Musyoka. (Al Fazl International,  27 May 2005, p. 9)

8 May 1970: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh inaugurated the Nazir Ahmad Ali Mosque in Sierra Leone. On the same day, Huzoorrh graced a reception held in his honour by the Muslim Congress of Sierra Leone. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, pp. 63-64)

8 May 2005: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was interviewed by a Kenyan national newspaper. On the same day, in the next leg of the visit, Huzooraa travelled to Tanzania by air. This was Huzoor’saa first visit to Tanzania. In the evening, Huzooraa also inspected the arrangements for Jalsa Salana Tanzania. (Al Fazl International, 3 June 2005, p. 16)

8 May 2006: On this day, during his tour of the Far East, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Tokyo, Japan after travelling from New Zealand. Huzooraa was warmly welcomed by Ahmadis at Japan’s Narita Airport. (Al Fazl International, 30 June 2006, p. 3)

9 May 2003: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa warned of the horrific consequences of atomic warfare.

For more details, see “World War III: Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad warned for almost two decades, but the world failed to take heed”, at (4 March 2022, p. 8).

9 May 2005: On this day, Jalsa Salana Tanzania commenced. This was the first Jalsa Salana of Tanzania in which a Khalifatul Masih was present. (Al Fazl International, 3 June 2005, p. 11)

9 May 2016: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at a special reception held in his honour at the Hilton Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community delivers historic address in Copenhagen”,

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